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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) warned on Tuesday that Mozambique has become a corridor for high volumes of illicit substances, particularly heroin, advocating greater international cooperation to combat the scourge.
“Following improved maritime law enforcement capabilities by neighbouring Tanzania and Kenya, recent concerns suggest that a large volume of illicit products is now being trafficked through Mozambique,” César Guedes, UNODC representative in the country, said.
Guedes expressed his concern about drug trafficking in Mozambique while speaking at seminar entitled “Formulating a Strategic Plan against Transnational Organised Crime, Drugs and Terrorism.”
The Mozambican coast, he continued, is increasingly used as an important corridor for heroin from Afghanistan and in transit to other regions of the world.
“The heroin traffic across the country is identified as a major challenge and has the potential to promote a local market [for drugs],” he said.
To stop Mozambique being used a smuggling corridor, the country must focus on intensifying regional and international cooperation, with Guedes commending in this regard the recent partnership between Mozambique, Tanzania and South Africa as a significant step forward.
Guedes signalled the availability of his organisation for training, technical assistance and advice on the formulation of policies to combat organised transnational crime, and the plan expected to emerge from the three-day seminar that began yesterday in Maputo and brings together representatives of the Mozambican government and UNODC experts will help Mozambique mobilise international support in the fight against crime.
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— Cesar Guedes (@CesarGuedesF) September 10, 2019
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